Chicken pox relates to a highly contagious viral disease. It gets transmitted by direct contact or through the breathing in of germs from the infected person’s cough or sneeze. Chicken pox leaves spots on the body generally after two weeks of exposure.
The other symptoms of this disease include runny nose, slight cough, fever, body pain, decreased appetite, fatigue and headache. These symptoms usually get manifested about a couple of days before the appearance of spots on the body.
The spots generally appear first on the chest, back and face. Gradually, they spread through out the body. Chicken pox spots also appear within the mouth and are similar to white ulcers in appearance. In some people, they occur within the ears and eyes as well. The common modes of treating chicken pox itching
include baking soda bath and application of calamine lotion.
The crusts that are formed on the body surface do not generally contain the virus. Crusting generally occurs within ten days after the breakout. It is advisable to let the affected person take complete rest at home
until all sores are fully crusted. It is better to get all the nails trimmed in order to prevent scratching.
It is found that applying sandalwood oil from the first day of the appearance of rash till the fall of scabs helps in minimising the skin damage caused. It is advisable to increase the intake of Vitamin E. Applying this vitamin-based medicated creams on the skin surface is also found to fasten the healing process.
Many people find it difficult to stand the severe itching caused by the chicken pox sores as they start haling. A bath of oatmeal is considered as a natural remedy that relieves one form itching. Some people get relief by smearing honey over the affected parts.
Lukewarm water baths with neem leaves also brings down the irritation caused by the itching. It is imported to keep the sores clean for preventing further infection.